Author Archives: Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Noir Nook: Just the Facts on Double Indemnity

Noir Nook: Just the Facts on Double Indemnity Not long ago, I was interviewed on a podcast about my very favorite film noir – Double Indemnity (1944). I had an absolute ball talking about the superb writing and direction, the … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Minor but Memorable

Noir Nook: Minor but Memorable Film noir is teeming with well-known starring roles for women — Jane Greer in Out of the Past, Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity, and Gene Tierney in Laura come immediately to mind. But there are … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines – Rope (1948)

Noir Nook: Ripped from the Headlines – Rope (1948) Rope is a 1948 feature directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, John Dall, and Farley Granger. It may not be necessarily categorized as film noir, but it is undeniably … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Top Five Reasons Why I Love Phyllis Dietrichson

Noir Nook: Top Five Reasons Why I Love Phyllis Dietrichson If you know me at all, you’ll know that my favorite noir, hands-down, no question, is Double Indemnity (1944), which tells the story of an insurance salesman who teams with … Continue reading

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Uncommon Ladies of Noir: Jeanne Crain

Uncommon Ladies of Noir: Jeanne Crain Sweet-faced Jeanne Crain was perhaps best-known for her performances in such fluffy, lighthearted romps as State Fair (1945), Margie (1946), and Cheaper By the Dozen (1950). But Crain also shared her talents with the … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Noir Good Guys

Noir Nook: Noir Good Guys From the corrupt cop who covers up a murder to the gullible everyman who’s talked into a crime by a pair of lying lips, film noir is practically bursting at the seams with bad guys. … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: YouTube Noir – Private Hell 36 (1954)

Noir Nook: YouTube Noir – Private Hell 36 (1954) This month’s Noir Nook offers another entry in my series on film noir features that can be found on YouTube. This time, I’m focusing on Private Hell 36, released in 1954 … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: February Facts

Noir Nook: February Facts I just love trivia. So in this month of love, I’m celebrating by serving up a bouquet of trivial facts about some of my favorite noir guys and gals! Peggie Castle Peggie Castle was the first … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Quoteable Noir

Noir Nook: Quotable Noir As we enter a new year, I thought I’d ring in 2019 at the Noir Nook with 10 of my favorite noir quotes. Enjoy! And Happy Noir Year! Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett in The … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Five Things You Need to Know About Christmas Holiday (1944)

Noir Nook: Five Things You Need to Know About Christmas Holiday (1944) Christmas Holiday is a 1944 noir starring Deanna Durbin as a devoted young bride who slowly comes to realize that her husband, played by Gene Kelly, is a … Continue reading

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